New York University, B.A.,  cum laude
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Editorial Board Member, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
Bar Admissions
New York | Florida
Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
2015 Empire State Counsel Honoree
Professional Activities
Civil Court Committee, NYC Bar
Advisory Board Member (Legal), Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network
Intellectual Property Committee, ABA
Caribbean Attorneys Network
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Women in Blockchain


Alissa L. DePass is the founder of DePass Legal, a boutique intellectual property and business law firm in NYC. As both a litigator and transactional attorney, she counsels clients on key decisions impacting their businesses, ranging from strategies to protect their intellectual property to product development and regulatory compliance.

Her clients value her ability to effectively balance business needs with risk mitigation. Alissa’s clientele spans various countries and industries, including tech, consumer electronics, health/wellness, international development, publishing, e-commerce and digital media.

Alissa began her legal career at one of the top 100 law firms in the nation, where she successfully defended corporate clients against multi-billion dollar claims and helped government entities recover million-dollar losses, both in the U.S. and abroad.

She has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including representing U.S. and international clients in state and federal courts around the country.  Alissa is admitted to practice in New York, Florida and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (among the most prestigious federal courts in the nation). She graduated cum laude from New York University and obtained her J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Alissa has a deep commitment to helping people in need.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, supporting people living with sickle cell disease and their families.  She also actively engages in other pro bono work, including with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a not-for-profit organization based in New York City.

Outside of work, Alissa learns how to code because of her interest in applied linguistics. She also judges startup competitions, including for ConsenSys, the leading blockchain venture production studio worldwide, and Start-Up Chile, an accelerator founded by the Chilean government.

Alissa is fascinated by the legal implications of blockchain technology. As one of the few women in this rapidly evolving space, she brings a unique perspective to implementing blockchain to confront legal issues. Her relationships with blockchain startups keep her ahead of the curve, with a pulse on real-time developments in this fast-moving area.

Representative Matters

Represented a major U.S. manufacturer in multi-million dollar mass tort litigation involving negligence, design defect, fraud and conspiracy claims in Florida state and federal courts.
Represented a South American government agency in cross-border financial services litigation involving claims of fraud, conspiracy, violations of RICO and the Securities Exchange Act.  This involved locating the primary defendants, who were fugitives wanted by Interpol in connection with fraud committed against the client; facilitating their arrest in the U.K.; and simultaneously collaborating with British co-counsel to obtain a Mareva injunction and Anton Piller search order on an emergency basis—judicial relief that U.K. courts had never before granted under this set of circumstances.
Represented a “Big Four” accounting firm based in Hong Kong in an arbitration proceeding involving a $500 million dollar accounting malpractice claim, resulting in a total victory.
Represented the Trustee for the liquidation of an international securities brokerage firm in multi-billion dollar litigation under the Securities Investor Protection Act.
Represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in multi-million dollar litigation against fidelity bond insurers.
Advised a major international insurance company on choice-of-law issues in connection with its micro-investment in a Brazilian agricultural business.
Advised a New York digital media production company on employment law, intellectual property and entertainment law issues, including drafting production and work-for-hire agreements.
Advised a New York travel startup on corporate, intellectual property and privacy law issues with respect to its online software application, including drafting commercial agreements and forming a legal entity in Delaware.
Advised a growing business enterprise in New York City on hiring practices and avoiding the misclassification of workers under federal, state and local labor laws.
Represented a U.S. satellite technology company in patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Represented a Japanese trading company in an international commercial dispute related to aerospace technology, resulting in an arbitration award of $8 million.
Act as outside general counsel to an international e-commerce company in addressing legal issues across all facets of its business, including cross-border commercial agreements, intellectual property issues, manufacturing, advertising/marketing, branding, licensing, distribution, regulatory compliance and product liability matters; work closely with the Chief Executive Officer in devising legal strategy.

Check out this story about Alissa on Medium.

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